Last medal set of WOC 2018 was won today in rainy Turaida. Tove Alexandersson became the tree-times world champion, while Norwegian Olav Lundanes won his fifth title in the long distance. 76 athletes competed in the 16 km long distance. Olav Lundanes kept stabile first position throughout the competition, and won the long distance for third year in a row. He finished after 97 minutes and 43 seconds, becoming in the five-time world champion in the long distance, surpassing the legendary orienteer Thierry Gueorgiou.
Ukrainian athlete Ruslan Glibov won the second place unexpectedly (+03:04), but Fabian Hertner, who finished as fourth in 2014, finally won a medal - he finished third. Swiss athlete Daniel Hubmann, who won the long distance competition in 2008 and 2009, finished fourth (+03:59). In the fifth position finished Swede Gustav Bergman (+03:51) and in the sixth position - Norwegian Eskil Kinneberg (+04:52).
At the final competition in the 10 km long distance 71 ladies competed.
Tove Alexandersson, the champion of last two consecutive years, who did a really bad race at this year’s middle distance not finishing after many big mistakes, today showed a great result already at the beginning of the race and kept her leading position till the finish line, becoming the three-time long distance world champion. She needed 74 minutes and four seconds to accomplish the distance. And admitted that she needed to adjust her orienteering technique after the middle distance – she tried focusing on compass and direction more since she had difficulties in reading the map and relief.
Maja Alm, who won her fourth world champion title in sprint in Riga, showed the closest competition to Swedish athlete and finished second even after making a mistake in the first kilometer of the distance. She lost a minute and 27 seconds to the winner.
Swiss orienteer Sabine Hauswirth finished as third, lagging behind for 2 minutes and 26 seconds. She took fourth place in Sigulda in the middle distance.
This year’s middle-distance champion and last year’s bronze medalist in the long distance Natalia Gemperle from Russia did not win medals today, finishing in the fourth position (+ 05:59), fifth and sixth place was taken by Norwegians - Kamila Ohlsson (+ 06:55) and Andrine Benjaminsen (+ 07:44).